Following the introduction of the new generation of Mercedes Class E, there are many who eagerly await the arrival of its stylish and sporty derivative, the 2018 Mercedes CLS. Recent news interesting details about the CLS including its release date target to be mid-2018, platforms to be use and a change of product line that will allow it to compete with the Porsche Panamera.
2018 Mercedes CLS Specs
The third generation of the Mercedes CLS will settle on the new MRA platform (Modular Rear Architecture) that opened the current Class E, with which it will share its main technical characteristics. Aesthetically, it is expected an evolved design that maintains the visual dynamism that has characterized all CLS that have hit the market to date.
Of course, one will benefit from all technologies present in the E - Class, including those relating to assistants and the semi - autonomous driving functions according to DigitalTrends
In the mechanical section, it is expected that the future Mercedes CLS inherit the sedan from which it derives the range of engines and although it is still early to know for sure. It is believed that as mechanical access will have a new block of six cylinder line will be introduced first in the updated Mercedes S Class current coming next year.
Now comes the most interesting detail as it is rumored that the 2018 Mercedes CLS will be without shooting brake version.
2018 Mercedes CLS vs Porsche Panamera
The Mercedes CLS and Porsche Panamera have many things in common. Although, the Porsche Panamera has always gone the performance route while the Mercedes CLS sticks to its good looks to distinguish itself. Not anymore!
It is said that there is a possibility that the 2018 Mercedes CLS will be divided into two distinct products. This information, which is provided by Automotive News indicates that AMG would keep the name CLS to create a product that will rival the powerful Porsche Panamera, while the CLS as we know it today would be renamed Mercedes CLE to target sales from those who only buy a car for its looks.
While the Porsche Panamera is nowhere near Mercedes in terms of sales numbers, Porsche has been playing the field well lately and the 2018 Mercedes CLS wants to take action before its rival catches up. We cant wait to see what will happen when it arrives.